Amanda H. Blair, Ph.D.

University of Chicago

Country: United States (Illinois)

About Me:

I am Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, where I specialize in comparative politics and gender studies. In my dissertation, "Going beyond accountability and untangling the politics of conflict-related rape,"  I interrogate our understandings of what counts as conflicted-related rape and examine why rape is efficacious in particular contexts. And in my current project, "Coercive Consumption," I examine how armed conflict contributes to the development of sex economies and sex trafficking networks across Central and East Africa. Generally, my expertise includes peace and conflict studies, gender studies, Sub-Saharan African politics, and research methods.

Research Interests

Conflict Processes & War

Gender and Politics

African Politics

Political Violence


Specific Areas of Interest

Sexual Violence

Forced Prostitution

Protracted Insecurity

Sex Trafficking

Armed Conflict

Post-Conflict Peacebuilding

Countries of Interest


Sierra Leone

South Sudan


Congo, Democratic Republic of the (Zaire)